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March 6, 2014 - 9:02 am

NASA’s Morpheus is a prototype planetary lander. It looks like something out of classic sci-fi movies. But it’s real.

Here’s video from its latest test flight, at the Kennedy Space Center.

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The geek in me is in love with that thing.

h/t Gizmodo

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Lands on its tail, as God and Heinlein intended.
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Most amazing? Have you not seen SpaceX's grasshopper? Much larger vehicle yet capable of doing the same thing, and was doing so while Morpheus had to go back to the being tethered for fear of it going out of control.
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It's cool and I want one. It's less 21stC than people think, though. I've seen a flying bedstead, although it was in a museum hangar and not in use.
Gotta figure this critter is a fuel hog, though.
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Ye cats! How much tankage does that thing have for fuel and oxidizer? That's some incredible burn time in the video.
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These types of designs, where the vehicles land vertically, help make reusability less challenging overall.
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Sweet.
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Cool. As far as I am concerned, we should be spending more money on space exploration. Not too unlike the efforts of Musk and Bezos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGimzB5QM1M
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZEBj7nh0PI
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Lands on its tail, as God and Heinlein intended.
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You say that like there's a difference between the two.
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Well, I know there was a Heinlein. I believe there is a God. After all, there was a Heinlein and there is bacon.
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How much does it cost?

I want my money back.

If you want a space race, you buy the pink sneakers, ok?
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Paul: all the vertical takeoff-and-landing experimental vehicles by the government have been among the least expensive and most cost-effective of taxpayer-funded projects, starting with DC-X. This was because of the planning and procurement methodology used.
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Most amazing? Have you not seen SpaceX's grasshopper? Much larger vehicle yet capable of doing the same thing, and was doing so while Morpheus had to go back to the being tethered for fear of it going out of control.
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Hey, I'm not complaining. The more, the merrier. You are, perhaps, not familiar with, or have forgotten, the advantages of having as many different testbeds as possible in this kind of tech research.
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What does having multiple testbeds have to do with "most amazing"?

And I apologize for "back to THE being tethered". I originally had "back to the drawing board", but that was a bit unfair.
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Oh, that gives this child of the space program major thrills. Make it so.
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The culmination of a couple of decades working on this. We really *are* in the 21st Century.

/Inner Geek is Delighted
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